Admiral of the Fleet Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe (1726-1799)
The sitter wears an admiral's undress uniform, 1783-1787, of a blue jacket with gold braid and his own white hair. On 1 June 1794, in command of the Channel Fleet, Howe won the first fleet engagement of the French Revolutionary War, over 400 miles west of Ushant. The French were badly beaten with one ship sunk and six captured but the important grain convoy from America, which they had sailed to protect and the British to attack, slipped through to Brest. It was Lord Howe's last sea service.
John Singleton Copley
- Image reference: BHC2790
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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